Rampant Eagles deliver powerful Cup showing

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SHEFFIELD Eagles made it a clean sweep of wins in the group stage of Northern Rail Cup as they used their power to brush aside York.

The Eagles dominated the second half, scoring four tries without reply.

Centre Menzie Yere put in fearsome runs and scrum-half Dominic Brambani tormented the Knights with his breaks and passing.

The win and the performance was just what the Eagles wanted with the league season starting next weekend.

A sweeping passing move with Misi Taulapapa providing the final ball for winger Nev Morrison to go in at the corner gave the Eagles the lead. Simon Brown added the touchline kick to bring up 300 points for the club.

Quentin Laulu-Togagae’s break started the move that gave the Eagles a second try with Vinny Finigan coming inside before passing to Brambani to under the posts. Brown added the goal.

York had plenty of possession but were met by determined Eagles defence and were forced to rely on hopeful high balls into the floodlights. Former Eagles centre James Ford almost made the breakthrough but his final pass was hurried and wild.

York stepped up a gear and got the reward with second rower Rhys Clarke catching the home defence cold with a break from 10 metres for a try but Tom Bush couldn’t add the goal and the Eagles led 12-4 at the break.

Eagles penned York in their final 20 after the restart and only strong defending on the line prevented an early score.

Centre Yere typified the Eagles approach as he blasted his way through down the line to muscle his way to a try and Brown added the goal.

Eagles were playing the ball faster and their backs were starting to find the gaps with Yere showing his power going forward and in the tackle.

The pressure paid off when Brambani claimed his second try after a lovely chip kick from Brown. Brown added the goal.

Brambani turned provider with a sharp pass for Duane Straugheir to run on and score his first try for the Eagles. The scrum-half repeated the dose to send in Taulapapa and Brown finished with six goals from six attempts.

n Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Finigan, Yere, Taulapapa, Morrison; Brown, Brambani; Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Szostak, Peter Green. Hirst. Subs: Pat Smith, Hepworth, Straugheir, Rowe.

n Tries: Morrison, 14, Brambani, 22, 61, Yere, 47, Straugheir 67, Taulapapa, 73.

n Referee: Robert Hicks.

n Attendance: 725